Captain Cartoon, aka Dick Kulpa, is former publisher of the teen humor-satire CRACKED Magazine, former editor-art director for Weekly World News, and has drawn three syndicated comic strips. His “Draw Play” football cartoon appeared in the Chicago Bear Report from 1988-1999.
The BIG game is drawing near! We’re not referring to the Super Bowl, but the “Super-Duper Bowl,” pitting the Chicago Bears against the Green Bay Packers!
To commemorate the occasion, South Florida caricaturist/cartoonist Captain Cartoon is posting vintage Green Bay Packers VS Chicago Bears cartoons on his website! These originally appeared from 1988-1999 in the weekly Chicago Bear Report newspaper, published by former Bears star Doug Buffone.
The Captain was not always happy with the Bears' play.
“Working for the Bear Report was a challenge,” says the cartoonist. “I had a limited window of time after each game to draw up a cartoon commentary and either fax or modem it to the newspaper for publication the next morning,” he says. “And night games were the roughest.”
“I also worked full time as a Weekly World News editor and art director, and for three of those years I simultaneously drew the nationally-syndicated cartoon strip Ghost Story Club.” he said.
“Some of the cartoons are funny, others, subtle,” says the Captain. “One cartoon shows just how “hot” the Packers played that day — I drew a devil’s pitchfork burning a Bear player’s rear.”
Cheesy Packers squeaked by Bears in 1997
“I worked with two outstanding editors at the Bear Report, Michael Polzin, and later, Larry Meyer. I was given significant leeway to implement my own ideas, though I suspect drawing toilet paper stuck to Mike McCaskey’s foot (after Mike Ditka was released) didn’t make me any friends in the front office,” the Captain said.
So if you’re awaiting the pending “Packer Massacre”, check out those golden oldies! Additional archive cartoons are being posted each day, before “the mother of all football games,” and the Captain plans to create a brand new cartoon comment after the game!
And if you’re looking to get a digital or hard copy caricature of yourself or your kids, Captain Cartoon has posted samples of those works — and how to get them — on the site. Just click the caricature!
FREE caricature drawn at Rosalita's Tex-Mex Grill in Atlantis, FL. Captain Cartoon appears there every Tuesday evening.